The past week has been packed with exciting developments in Wheel Workers land.
First, we are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated in several categories in this year's Houston Press Music Awards! Nominated for BEST POP ACT, BEST SONGWRITER (Steven Higginbotham) and BEST KEYBOARDIST (Allison Wilkins McPhail). MegaProps to Dan Workman nominated for BEST PRODUCER, who was essential to crafting "Past to Present." If you are so inclined, you can vote here.
Second, we had the honor of playing NPR 88.7 KUHF's show "Houston Matters" this week. It was a great experience. You can here the interview, plus live in-studio versions of "Chemicals", "Past to Present" and "Yodel" on Houston Public Media's website.
Third, we are deep in the process of filming a music video with the amazing David Nguyen for our new song "Yodel" which will be released on our upcoming as-yet-untitled third album. We don't want to reveal too much at this point, but we feel confident that you'll be pleased with the results.
Finally, shows! We've got quite a few booked this summer. Starting Saturday, July 5th, we'll be playing a FREE in-store performance at Cactus Records at 1pm. Complimentary refreshments provided by St. Arnold's brewery.
Later that evening, we're heading to the Continental Club to take part in GRACE NOTE, a concert benefiting Montrose Grace Place homeless youth shelter. The concert will be held at The Continental Club and Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top, where 13 bands perform on 2 stages!
Admission is $10 and additional donations will be accepted in cash, checks, clothing in good condition, and non-perishable food items. 100% of proceeds go to Montrose Grace Place. Doors open at 6PM, music begins at 7PM.
We're happy to announce that we're playing a show with our friends A Sundae Drive and Glass the Sky on Friday, April 18th upstairs at Fitzgerald's to celebrate the release of the limited edition double LP version of "Past to Present" on colored vinyl! Remastered, featuring two new songs and a few remixes, we're super proud of the record and think you will love it too.
The show will feature a light and video experience synced to the music, and we will be debuting two new songs never before played live.
So mark your calendars and we'll see you there!
Hope you all had a great New Year's. You haven't heard as much from us lately, but don't worry, we've been hard at work preparing for a very busy 2014. We plan on releasing a vinyl version of "Past to Present" with remixes and two extra tracks in March, our 3rd full length album in the summer, and several new music videos!
But next up is our very first performance at the historic Houston music venue: the Continental Club on Friday, January 10th with three other great bands. See you there!
NEW LIVE VEEDYA! This one's from our CD Release Show at Fitzgerald's last March. Hope this tickles your collective fancies. Next show, Friday, August 23rd at Fitzgerald's Houston with The Asteroid Shop and Glass the Sky will also feature a video projection & light show sync'd to the music.
We couldn't be happier to announce that we will have the honor of playing Jones Hall on Saturday, July 13th at 3pm as part of the Houston Symphony's "Day of Music." There's lots of great music happening, and many other cool things as well (instrument petting zoo!)
Just a quick note to remind you that we're playing a free in-store show at Cactus Music this Saturday at 3pm. The wonderful local brewery St. Arnold's will be providing complimentary refreshments! Show up early at 1pm to see another great local act Bang Bangz.
We've just finished putting the final touches on a pretty amazing visual experience to accompany every song in our set for our upcoming album release party at Fitzgerald's on Saturday, March 2nd. So not only will we be playing every track from our new CD (plus a few old favorites), but every song will feature a programmed light & video show in sync with the music.
In addition, the whole concert will be filmed by ZenFilm for a series of live music videos!
So mark your calendars and tell all your friends to come out for the show. It's gonna be awesome.
In the meantime, here's a new video we put together for our song "Drone."
See you soon,
We're super thrilled to announce that you can now download our second full length album, "Past to Present" on Bandcamp, AmazonMP3, or iTunes! Or you can wait and get your hands on a physical CD at our Album Release Party at Fitzgerald's on Saturday, March 2nd The album was produced by our good friend (and 6th WheelWorker) Dan Workman of SugarHill Studios and released on ZenHill Records.
Link to Album in Bandcamp (we like Bandcamp because you can download higher quality files.)
We are extremely happy and proud to announce the release of our second album, "Past to Present" on ZenHill Records. Produced and mixed by Dan Workman of SugarHill Studios, we believe that the album marks the realization of our potential as a band, and big step forward.
To celebrate the release, we're having a CD Release Party upstairs at Fitzgerald's on Saturday, March 2nd.
This show will also be filmed for a live concert video by ZenFilm. So be sure to bring yourself and seven of your sexiest friends. We'll make ya famous!
In the meantime, enjoy a free download of the first track from our new album, Power.
Happy Labor Day! We've put together a video to honor the union members, workers, progressives and others that helped to make our lives a little better by fighting for things like weekends, overtime pay, benefits, workplace safety, and other good stuff many of us take for granted.
Thanks to Matthew McBride, Bob Daugherty, and Fulton Fry for helping with the video.
Just a quick post to remind you all out there that our vinyl release party will be this Friday, June 29th at Fitz upstairs. It's a free show for 21+, $5 under. Great bands Alkari, Boy+Kite, Sunward are opening. We'll have CDs available too, if you prefer. Doors at 8pm.
Looking back on our experience at our first FPSF, it was nothing short of jaw-droppingly insano-awesome. We had the honor of playing Stage 2, one of the bigger stages on the same day as Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Best Coast, Phantogram, Two Door Cinema Club, Erykah Badu, and THE FLAMING LIPS. We had the opportunity to talk to many of them. Not only that, but our favorite Houston restaurant, the all-vegan Radical Eats, was catering the event backstage. We definitely took advantage of the opportunity to see all those bands from a few feet away at the side of the stage. Truly inspiring. We can't wait until next year. We've updated our photos page with quite a few shots from FPSF, so check it out.
We're very happy to announce the date for our VINYL RELEASE SHOW upstairs at Fitzgerald's on Friday, June 29th! Our good friends Alkari, Boy+Kite (from Austin), and Sunward (from Dallas) will be playing as well. The 7-inch vinyl single is our first record ever, and features two tracks from our debut album UNITE that have been radically re-imagined and rerecorded with the help of Sugar Hill producer Dan Workman. We think it turned out great, and believe you will enjoy it too.
Thanks also to Ted Closson for providing us with amazing original art for the show poster:
We just got back from playing SXSW in Austin and it was a great experience. Thanks to Allison, Craig, and Mike Rogers for helping to make this awesome photo blog of our SXSW experience possible:
We're playing a show at Fitzgerald's this Saturday, March 24th with our friends from Second Lovers. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9. $5 cover.
To our Austin friends: we will be returning on March 31st to play VegFest! See calendar page for details.
We're thrilled to announce that we're playing ZenHill Records Night tomorrow at Fitzgerald's. We take the stage at 8pm, so get there early. Following us will be fellow great ZenHill artists Winter Wallace, Craig Kinsey, Sideshow Tramps, Roky Moon & BOLT!, Southern Backtones. Dan Workman, Sugar Hill Studios producer extraordinaire, will be running sound for us, so that means that we'll sound about as good live as we can. See you there.
Hey everyone! Thanks for coming out to our show at Mango's last Friday. We have a few things going on THIS weekend that you may want to check out as well. Friday afternoon at 2pm, we'll be on the show "Radioactive" on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston playing a few live acoustic tracks and whatnot. Later that evening at 10pm, we'll be on the University of Houston's internet radio station, Coog Radio, doing more of the same. THENNNNN, on Saturday at 3pm we have our first ever THIS: The Wheel Workers - Live at Cactus Music! As always, the awesome Houston-based St. Arnold's Brewery will be providing complementary refreshments.
In other news, we are happy to announce that our national release to press and radio is going very well. We've received many kind reviews and are being played on well over a dozen stations across the US after only a couple weeks. We hope to be played on as many as 100 broadcast stations or more. So feel free to call into your local station and request some Wheel Workers!
We are very happy to announce that we just signed with great local label ZenHill Records!
Here's the last of the videos we shot with Daniel Contreras of New Dirt Studios. Happy Halloween!
We've got a few shows coming up this month. First up, we're playing Mango's on Saturday, November 4th with our friends Featherface and Second Lovers.
The next day, Saturday, Nov. 5, we will be playing at the AIGA Houston's 2nd Annual Art Festival next to the Heights Theater. There will be lots of awesome local arts and crafts to check out as well. The whole thing gets started at 10am.
Finally, we'll be playing with our good friends Boy + Kite at The Mink on Nov. 26!
Here's a groovy video about the Heights Arts event:
Here's the flyer for our upcoming show at Mango's (designed by our very own Craig Wilkins)
Just a quick update:
We're playing this upcoming Thursday, 9/8 at the Mink with Featherface and Austin's Star & Micey. Doors open at 9pm and we take the stage around 10pm.
On Wednesday, 9/14 we're opening for national touring act Miniature Tigers at Fitzgerald's. Should be a great show.
Hello everyone! It's been a while since I last posted, but that doesn't mean we don't have a lot going on.
I'm writing this post from the office of producer/engineer Dan Workman, who is currently working his magic on a new track titled "Older Now." We've mixed "Chemicals" and we're soon going to be moving on to a brand new song you probably haven't heard called "Power." Other new songs are in the writing stage but we hope to have the completed second album out sometime in early 2012.
Sometime in the next month or so we'll be doing a national release of our first album, UNITE, and our good friend Renee Khan has signed on to help with promotions. Following that release we will be playing more live both in Houston and beyond.
We've also got our first music video going, having filmed at Fitzgerald's and other locations with director Matthew McBride at the helm. Should see a rough cut of that soon and we'll time the release of the video to coincide with the national release of UNITE.
Finally, we've been hard at work booking new shows so check out the calendar section of this website for the latest updates. We hope to get our friends Boy+Kite down here for a Houston show soon from Austin, because we know you will love them as much as we do.
Until next time,
Hey everyone! I know this is pretty last minute notice but we just got called up to fill in a slot at Fitzgerald's upstairs on Wednesday, June 29th. It gets started around 8pm. We'd love to make a good impression so they invite us back soon, so grab a few of your closest friends and head down to the heights to help us rock out at Fitz.
In other news, we are recording the first vocals for the next album tomorrow with Dan Workman!
We just finished our first recording session for the next album and it was a great experience. Tracking at the legendary Sugar Hill studios with producer Dan Workman and engineer Chris Longwood made the whole endeavor nearly effortless and we got drums done for seven songs! Jason Carmona nailed every track. Can't wait to move on to the next stage of the process. Here's a little taste of what's to come courtesy of Chris's sweet time lapse ap on his cellphone:
Excitement is building about Sustainable Living Fest 2011. Live music, local eats, and all day eco-education and entertainment. We go on at 2:00, but make sure you come early for Yello Echo and The Sideshow Tramps!
We're thrilled to annouce that
In other news, our friends Boy+Kite have invited us to play with them at The Scoot Inn on my birthday, June 10th, in Austin. One of my good friends, former roommate and bandmate, Giuseppe Ponti, plays bass for them, and they are great.
We're also working on playing a couple of festivals in June (no, not Free Press Summer Fest...but we plan on doing that one next year), so stay tuned!
"Chemicals" is one of our most popular new songs live, and now you can download a free demo version by clicking on the link below! Also, by downloading the song, you are voting for us to win the "Music for the Earth" contest for Earth Day. Please come to the page, download the song, and then click "share" to let others know!